Maryland's highest court ruled Tuesday that Officer William G. Porter must testify against all five fellow officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, and sent the cases back to the lower court for trial.
Oral arguments have begun in the state's highest court on whether Officer William Porter should be forced to testify against five fellow Baltimore police officers who, like him, are charged in Freddie Gray's arrest and death.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Freddie Gray case will spar today in the highest court in Maryland, arguing whether Officer William Porter should be forced to testify against five fellow Baltimore police officers who, like him, are charged in Gray¿s arrest and death.
Maryland's highest court has agreed to hear arguments in the trials of five of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case, preventing lower court proceedings from moving forward.
State attorneys say forcing Officer William G. Porter to testify at the trials of two of his fellow officers in the death of Freddie Gray — prior to his own retrial in the case — is "nothing unusual or inappropriate," and the immunity the order provides Porter sufficiently protects him against self-incrimination on the witness stand.
Attorneys for three Baltimore police officers want their trials in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray to proceed with speed, and have asked two separate courts to dismiss as prosecutorial trickery the state's recent attempts to stall them.
Harford County school officials lifted the suspension on travel to Baltimore City Monday, saying they had new information from law enforcement officials and that trials of police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray had been postponed.
Prosecutors say Judge Barry G. Williams overstepped his authority in refusing their request that he force Officer William G. Porter to testify at the trials of three of his fellow officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, and have asked him to delay those trials pending their appeal of his decision to a higher court.
Prosecutors intend to appeal a recent court decision denying their request to force Officer William G. Porter to testify in the trials of three other officers also charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, according to court documents.
Attorneys for Baltimore Police Officer Edward M. Nero have asked the court to throw out the second-degree assault charge against him in the arrest of Freddie Gray, alleging prosecutors have failed to outline actions by Nero that constitute the crime.
The next trial of a Baltimore police officer in the death of Freddie Gray could begin as early as next month after a judge on Wednesday rejected a request from prosecutors that could have tied up the cases in the state appeals court indefinitely.
Attorneys for Baltimore Police Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr. say forcing a fellow officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray to testify against their client could lead to scenarios that "completely eviscerate the purpose of their constitutional protections."
An aggressive timetable initially set for the trials of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray has been disrupted by the intervention of the state's second-highest court. The Court of Special Appeals said Tuesday that judges will not hear arguments until March 4 in the appeal of Officer William G. Porter, who is seeking to avoid being called to testify against Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., the lone officer charged with murder in Gray's death.
When the driver of the police van in which prosecutors say Freddie Gray suffered his fatal injuries goes to trial this week, he faces the most serious charges of any of the six officers indicted in the case.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys were scheduled to appear in a downtown courtroom this morning for a pretrial motions hearing in the case against Baltimore Police Officer Caesar R. Goodson, one of six officers charged in the April arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
The theory that Freddie Gray may have been given a "rough ride" — or was purposefully tossed around the back of the police van in which he suffered a fatal spinal cord injury — has long been floated but never substantiated. Now it's come up in court.
A coalition of local and national media outlets has intervened in court to call for broader transparency and increased access to legal documents in the prosecution of the Baltimore police officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
Judge Barry G. Williams has taken extraordinary steps to limit the information that becomes public in the criminal case against six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, including asking jurors not to talk about the trial of the first officer even after a mistrial was declared.
Defense attorneys for Officer Caesar Goodson have filed in court an internal police document in which officers wrote that Freddie Gray once complained of a back problem, as part of an effort to gain access to Gray's medical records.
The second-degree murder trial of Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr. in the death of Freddie Gray will begin with pre-trial motions on Jan. 6, but jury selection will not begin until Jan. 11, court officials said Monday.
A Baltimore judge ruled Tuesday that statements made by two of the six police officers charged in Freddie Gray's arrest and death are admissible as evidence in their own trials and possibly in the trials of their peers.
The judge in the case against six officers charged in Freddie Gray's arrest and death has banned prosecutors and the officers' defense attorneys from discussing the case with anyone outside of their own legal teams.
After Freddie Gray sustained a severe spinal cord injury in the back of a police transport van in April, internal police investigators sat down with five of the officers who'd crossed paths with Gray during his arrest and transport to take statements about what happened. A sixth officer refused to talk. Whether those statements will be hidden from view or presented as key evidence in the officers' pending criminal trials could be decided this week, during two days of scheduled hearings in
Prosecutors and defense attorneys will return to court next week to continue arguing over filings made in the cases of six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, according to a judge's order.
An attempt by defense attorneys to move the trials of six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray out of the city based on coverage of the case in The Baltimore Sun has been denied.
The trial of Officer William G. Porter — the first of six Baltimore police officers set to appear on charges in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray — will have broad implications for the rest of the cases, shaping the strategies of prosecutors and defense attorneys alike and the impressions of a public that has watched the legal proceedings closely since Gray's death in April and the unrest that followed.
The six Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray's arrest and death will be tried separately over the course of the next several months, starting with proceedings against Officer William G. Porter.